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Ashore

An extensive social programme and first class cuisine with fantastic views in our bar and restaurant.

Ashore at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

A welcoming social programme, spectacular location and excellent affordable bar and restaurant.



The Royal Lymington Yacht Club is as well known for its onshore activities as it is afloat. During the sailing season, each section socialises regularly after sailing events and our bar, restaurant and balconies are buzzing with activity.

Our busy clubhouse is the heart of our extensive social programme. The clubhouse is open almost every day of the year. On the first floor you’ll find our all-important bar and restaurant, providing impressive views of the Lymington River and Solent shore.

For our members the clubhouse is a home from home. Members are welcome throughout the week, whether simply to read the paper with a coffee, to catch up with friends over a delicious meal, to participate in our extensive range of clubs and activities or to enjoy a sundowner on the balcony after a day on the water.

Throughout the winter season the club is alive with a host of different events, with many opportunities for avid sailors to get together. As well as our traditional annual events, activities include our winter lecture series, film nights and quiz nights. In addition, many of our sailing sections host talks and suppers, ensuring many opportunities for conviviality and learning.

Our Island Room, Needles Room and Solent Room are available for exclusive private hire. We will work with you to create a bespoke menu to suit your occasion, alternatively there is a range of set menus for any level of function. 

 

Club Facilities



 

Clubhouse Facilities:

  • Enjoy first class cuisine with exceptional service in our bar and restaurant 
  • Sun terraces with picturesque views of the Solent and Lymington River
  • Chart room with extensive cruising charts, books and computer
  • Wet and dry changing room facilities
  • Members WiFi
  • Lift to first floor
  • Training rooms
  • Flexible function rooms available to hire for events

Waterfront Facilities:

  • Welcoming and expert boatmen providing a range of services
  • On-site crane for boats up to 30’ / 2 tonnes with discounted rates for members
  • Launch service for members to/from river moorings
  • Tenders for members to borrow and outboard locker*
  • Overnight mooring for our members on our private pontoons with electricity and water*
  • Two dinghy storage parks*
* Subject to availability

Regular social events

Normally our popular winter lectures take place weekly from November to March in the Island Room and are followed by a delicious meal. We aim to bring a variety of speakers to our members, encompassing history, local interest, cruising the world, great races and much more.

Lectures start at 18:30, with supper served from 19:45. Tickets sell out well in advance, book online through the office. 

Would you like to speak at a winter lecture? Contact Roger Wilson, who is responsible for the organisation of these lectures for the 2021/2022 winter season. Please contact the club office who will put you in contact with Roger.
 
Our informal quiz nights, run by club member Vince Sutherland, are a fun opportunity to get together with friends in the colder winter months. These are always very popular and booked out by 100+ people.

Keep an eye on our calendar for details of forthcoming quiz events.

 
Throughout the year we include our younger sailors in events wherever possible.

Our Shipmates and Juniors Club meet once a month on Fridays from 17:00.

Find out more about our Junior and Youth section here
Throughout the season, our popular Nordic Folkboat section usually meets in the clubhouse bar after sailing on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Find out more about the Nordic Folkboat section here.
 
Throughout the season our thriving Scow section usually meet in the clubhouse after sailing.

In January, February and March, Scow Talks take place on 4 Thursday evenings at 18:30, followed by supper. 

Find out more about the Scow section here
 
Throughout the sailing season our popular XOD section usually meet in the clubhouse after sailing, for tea and cakes in the bar on Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Find out more about the XOD section here

Annual social events

A relaxed brunch on 1st January from 11:00 to 15:00 to welcome in the new year with friends! Revive yourself after all that wild partying the night before, with a late breakfast or early lunch. Enjoy tea, coffee or something stronger as hair of the dog with an excellent brunch! 

Dress code: smart casual.
A formal evening supper celebrating Scotland’s most famous poet. A piper will lead you into dinner, and during the evening the Haggis will be addressed, the praises of Robbie Burns will be sung and there will be a Toast to the Lassies and a Response to the Laddies. A tot of whisky is included with the meal. 

There follows a Ceilidh with a caller for some wild Scottish dancing until about 2300. This event is usually held every year on the Friday or Saturday nearest the 25th January.

Dress code: Scottish national dress, black tie or lounge suit.

16, 18, 19 February 2022: Celebration Centenary Lunches

Celebration lunches in our restaurant, for members with 50 years+ of membership on Wednesday 16 February, 25-50 years' membership on Friday 18 February and under 25 years' membership on Saturday 19 February.
The Annual Cruising Dinner is held towards the end of February. It is a chance for all Members who have participated in cruises throughout the year to get together to enjoy a convivial end to the last season and to look forward to the next. During the evening, the Commodore awards the annual cruising prizes.
 
Dress code: black tie.

19 March 2022: 1922 Celebration Dinner

A celebration black-tie dinner with Champagne on arrival before exquisite four course menu of seasonal food sourced from local produced. Followed by our guest speaker, the inspirational Vendée Globe Skipper, Pip Hare.

8 April 2022: Centenary Afternoon Tea

Back in the 1920’s the Club was famous for its afternoon teas. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon gathering and cream tea while appreciating the new Club garden in all its glory.
3pm-5pm.


7 May 2022: Vintage and Classics Exhibition

A display of vintage vehicles including cars, motorcycles, bicycles and of course dinghies outside the club. If you have an early/classic vehicle you would be prepared to show, or if you have a classic dinghy (such as a wooden scow, Lymington Pram, Oxey bird, Finn, Firefly, 14ft International) please can you get in touch with Tom McEwen on 01590-675397 or email: tandbmcewen@gmail.com

18 June 2022: Regatta Day and Apres Sail Festival

A day not to be missed! We'd love to see every member out on the water in whatever boat you like, for a mix of racing and fun together as we take over the river and the Solent in a cloud of sail; followed by a vibrant festival ashore in and around the clubhouse for all the family.

On the water regatta

  • Racing for all keelboat, dinghy and junior/youth classes
  • Solent and River courses
  • Nautical adventures for all power and paddle craft
  • A once in a lifetime chance to win The Centenary Cup

Apres-sail festival

The clubhouse and surrounding area will be buzzing as sailors return from the water until well into the evening, with:
  • The Royal Rocks the River live music tent – sure to get the party going!
  • Family fun – games and entertainment for all ages
  • Street food stalls serving up fast food for hungry sailors
  • Seated dining and ice creams
  • The 1922 Bar and Beer Tent

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27 July 2022: Centenary Youth Party

Big disco party night during the 2022 Youth Week – strictly no adults allowed!
For all our Junior and Youth Fleet sailors, the Mariners and Wednesday Junior Sailors. 

3 September 2022: Centenary Party

Party like it's 1922! Join us for Roaring 20's fun for a late night full of fun, cocktails, fine food and dancing. Come as you are, straight off a boat or dress the part ... Glamorous Flapper, Gatsby Black Tie or lazy summer day Boater and Striped Blazer…  

On arrival choose between a bespoke Mosimann's at RLymYC Cocktail or a mouth-watering range of mocktails. You’ll be spoilt for choice with seven food stations each offering a different taste experience. No party is complete without dancing …to live music or our silent disco. 7.30pm - 2am

9 September 2022: Shipmates Party

Barbecue and ice cream for the Shipmates and their parents.  There’s sure to be lots of games too.

Annual prizegiving for Wednesday Junior sailors as the season draws to a close, plus a celebration and thank you party for all Wednesday Junior Sailing volunteers, generously supported by WJS sponsor, Lymington Yacht Haven.

Dress code: smart casual.
Held in early October after the winter racing series has finished, the Annual Racing Dinner is an opportunity for all racing crews to get together to discuss past races and to award prizes gained during the year. 

Dress code: smart casual.
 
Traditionally hosted by the Commodore’s partner, with lovely table flowers and a specially selected speaker. The Annual Ladies’ Lunch is usually well publicised and open to all ladies of the club and their guests. It is held around the second week of October. 

Dress code: posh frock.
 
Our opportunity to come together along with other yacht clubs up and down the Kingdom to celebrate Nelson’s victory at the battle of Trafalgar. There is a formal dinner with wine, port and stilton included. The evening normally includes speaker, usually on a naval theme. 
Held on a Saturday evening close to 21st October. 

Dress code: black tie with medals or service uniform.
 
A party to thank everyone who has helped, in whatever capacity, with club events throughout the season. 

Our volunteers are much appreciated by the club and by fellow members - many of our events are only possible thanks to the generosity of time, expertise and kindness volunteered by members. 

Dress code: smart casual.

 

2 November 2022: Centenary Art Exhibition

The 2022 Art Exhibition will include a display of Club historic artefacts and memorabilia. Join the preview evening and enjoy canapés, cheese and biscuits and a glass or two of wine.  

Many more fantastic events to be announced... watch this space!

An opportunity for the whole club to celebrate another year, and an excuse to enjoy each other’s company in a fabulous atmosphere before the winter sets in. There will be a formal dinner, after which there is normally a speaker.
The Commodore presents the Club's most prestigious trophies, including the Commodore's Cup. Held towards the end of November.  

Dress code: black tie.
 
The first weekend of December, the Christmas Buffet Party kicks of the season with a bang!  An opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit with fellow members where there is a sumptuous buffet, accompanied by fun quiz games and a disco with DJ.
 
Dress code: Christmassy.
 
The week before Christmas the Club creates a Grotto and Santa visits to hand out presents to all the children and grandchildren of members.

Father Christmas arrives by boat (as befits a yacht club), is welcomed into the club and accompanied by some elves upstairs into his grotto. The elves then marshal the small children in to see Father Christmas. A separate chair is provided for the children and their parents are encouraged to accompany them, although not essential. After being assured that they have been “good children all year” a Christmas present is offered and happy children go skipping out of the grotto to show mummy and daddy what a lovely present they have received this year.
 
There is no dress code except for Father Christmas and his elves.
 
Following the grotto, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, and then sing some Christmas Carols along with our Choir to get us all in the mood for the festive season.
 
A buffet supper is available afterwards for children and adults.
 
Dress code: Christmassy. 
 
See in the New Year at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club with a four-course dinner including bubbly on arrival and a glass of the Champagne at Midnight. A band or a disco starts after the dinner up until closing time.  

Dress code: black tie / cocktail dress.